Ed Norton is denying responsibility for the death of a firefighter who lost his life battling a blaze on set of the actor's movie, and now he is demanding the wrongful death lawsuit be thrown out.
Earlier this year, Ed Norton’s production co., Class 5 Films, was hit with a wrongful death suit by the estate of Michael Davidson, the FDNY veteran who died at the location of Norton’s movie "Motherless Brooklyn."
Davidson’s widow, Eileen, claimed that sometime before the fatal fire broke out, Class 5 (Norton’s company) and the owner of the building “removed fire safety and prevention safeguards in the building during filming.” She also alleges the building was used as a film set, "without making sure it was up to code with safety requirements."
On October 10, Norton’s company filed court docs seeking to have the entire case dismissed.
They claim, "Understandably, plaintiff seeks to hold someone responsible for her husband’s tragic death. But in no way did any action or inaction by Class 5 cause the fire or Davidson’s death." He also argues that the "fireman's rule" which protects firefighters from legal damages over accidents that occur on the job, should work both ways and bar his family from collecting wrongful death damages.
Davidson left behind a wife and four children.
On October 10, Norton’s production company filed court docs seeking to have the entire case dismissed.
Norton says, “Understandably, plaintiff seeks to hold someone responsible for her husband’s tragic death. But in no way did any action or inaction by Class 5 cause the fire or Davidson’s death. “
He argues there is a Firefighter’s Rule bars recovery for wrongful death damages. Norton claims that the firefighter’s family cannot claim his production company owed a duty because it was filming on the premises, “yet simply filming on the Premises cannot create a duty to protect a firefighter from harm”
Class 5 is demanding the entire lawsuit be dismissed.
“Motherless Brooklyn” stars Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Bobby Cannavale and Alec Baldwin and is written and directed by Norton and is slated for a 2019 release.